Return to Pandora

So here we have the Avatar Blu-ray, the home retail edition of probably the finest ‘event’ picture of last year.  James Cameron’s acclaimed epic may have been side-lined during the Oscars for more political pieces (ahem, Hurt Locker, ahem) but there can be no doubt – this was the most entertaining movie in the running.  Revisiting this fantasy sci-fi yarn returned just as much awe and majesty as when I saw it at the cinema, and even though the lure of 3D escapes me (I really don’t see the appeal) this visual orgasm of a movie still packs a heft punch.

On Blu-ray it is a showcase for the format, possibly the best I have seen High Definition deliver thus far, with amazing detail and the colours are so vibrant and immersive.  The imagination visible in the world of Pandora, not to mention the stellar image quality to also be found in the human, laboratory scenes, can not be faulted.  Sound-wise, in DTS HD Master Audio, this is a loud, all-encompassing experience.  Easily worthy of the highest recommendation.

The big gripe remains the complete lack of extra features – there isn’t even a trailer.  This is such an obvious double-dip waiting to happen (I hear a 4 disk ultimate edition is on the cards for November), and that really annoys me.  But if you don’t care quite so much about all that, and just want a Blu-ray that really delivers – then pick this up at your earliest convenience.  I got the exclusive steel-book with a book, art cards and a t-shirt, so I guess that makes me happy … enough.

My full review of Avatar, can be found HERE.


2 thoughts on “Return to Pandora

    • Well I do see you point, but word has it that Cameron purposely left out any extra content on this release to maximise the bit-rate of the picture and audio, filling up the Blu-ray, which makes this one of the first Superbit Blu-rays. Some have said (in forums) that the November ultimate edition will have reduced image / sound quality so to take on board commentaries, extra features etc. Although I’m skeptical to believe this, I feel that the important thing is the movie, and in this regard, this Blu-ray is a must. Yet if the extras really are important to you – then waiting will probably not prove a bad idea either.


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